The Hero XPulse has been teased for first time, but the company has not revealed any details except for the tagline ‘Gear Up ! Another adventure awaits you’
Hero officially revealed XPulse last year at EICMA and India debut took place at 2018 Auto Expo. With Hero XPulse teased for first time, the company has not revealed any details other than the tagline ‘Gear Up ! Another adventure awaits you’. The XPulse is one of the most awaited launches of 2018 and it is the successor of Impulse, which failed in market as it was ahead of its time.
The Impulse is so popular among off-road enthusiasts now as adventure biking culture was overlooked during its existence in the market. In recent times, things have changed completely thanks to premium adventure bikes. As most people cannot afford these expensive machines, so many manufacturers are working on affordable adventure bikes.
KTM is going to launch 390 Adventure next year in India and BMW Motorrad introduced G310 GS earlier this month. Currently, the most affordable adventure bike in India is Royal Enfield Himalayan but it will be dethroned from its position after launch of XPulse. Hero is expected to price XPulse around Rs. 1 lakh (ex-showroom).
The XPulse is powered by same engine from Xtreme 200R as 199.6 cc BS-IV, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke, fuel-injected engine producing 18.4 PS of power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. This engine is mated to 5 speed gearbox. But Hero tuned the engine to delivery maximum efficiency.
Hero has given regular telescopic suspension at front with 190 mm stroke and 10-step adjustable gas charged mono suspension at rear with 170 mm travel. The advantage of XPulse over its rival is weight as it tips the scale at just 140 kg compared to Royal Enfield Himalayan at 186 kg. The lower weight will certainly help XPulse in off-road conditions.
The XPulse’s braking power comes from disc brakes at front and rear along with ABS braking as standard. The Indian manufacturer has given 21 inch wheels at front and 19 inch at rear. They ride on dual purpose tyres for optimum grip at on- and off-road conditions.
The XPulse 200 comes with 220 mm ground clearance and aluminium skid plates. We can expect launch to take place in the coming months following the expansion of Xtreme 200R to all states across India and 125 cc versions of Maestro and Duet.